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Goodweave – taking practical steps to end Child Labour

“We want [companies] to think beyond the factory gate…GoodWeave’s unique offering is the combination of inspection and monitoring and community mobilisation throughout the supply chain… making this initiative a viable complement to those already underway, as well as a stand-alone best practice.” — Joost Kooijman, UNICEF

The GoodWeave label is as important to us as the Deirdre Dyson label on our carpets.

GoodWeave was born in an Indian jail cell in the early 1990s. After reuniting a trafficked child weaver with his mother, future Nobel Prize Laureate Kailash Satyarthi was outraged to see dozens more children with a labour broker.

Imprisoned overnight for causing a disturbance, he awoke with a simple idea: follow the money. If companies and consumers refuse to buy products tainted by child labour, producers can’t make them. Kailash reached out to allies and GoodWeave International was officially established in 1997. It was the first organisation to use product labeling to remediate a human rights issue.

Today, GoodWeave’s market-driven model includes company engagement, supply chain inspections, product certification, consumer awareness, victim rescue and remediation, and preventative efforts such as educational programmes in at-risk communities. GoodWeave reaches layers of the supply chain that were previously invisible — making child labour a thing of the past.

Kabul, Afghanistan, June 2nd, 2014, Ariana Rugs.

This is Goodweave’s unique market-based model:

Harness Market Forces in partnership with rug importers and high street brands to create demand for goods made without child labour. GoodWeave prevents children from toiling in labour by distinguishing products with the GoodWeave label.

Clean up Supply Chains by independently monitoring against the GoodWeave Standard, including all tiers of production from factory to individual home, and remediating all cases of child labour.

Create Educational Opportunities to stem the tide of child labour, ensuring that all children from vulnerable worker communities are attending school and learning.

Improve Conditions for All Workers by addressing a broad set of workers’ rights throughout the supply chain and offering skills training and other improvement programmes.

The Figures* involves are staggering:

  • 152 million child labourers worldwide
  • 72 million children performing hazardous work
  • 25 million people living in forced labour
  • 6.3 million children in forced labour

Child labour and global supply chains are getting increasing attention, yet practical solutions that respond to the priorities of both workers and businesses remain elusive. While many organisations work in this field, the collective effort is not yet reaching the most vulnerable at the very bottom of the supply chain, such as in sub-contracted sites and where homeworkers are found. GoodWeave addresses this gap.

*Data from “Global Estimates of Modern Slavery,” International Labour Organisation and Walk Free Foundation, 2017

Kabul, Afghanistan, June 2nd, 2014, Ariana Rugs.

Goodweave‘s impact to date:

  • 300+ companies
  • Thousands of children rescued
  • Tens of thousands enrolled in educational programmes
  • Overall reduction in incidence of child labour

Always look for GoodWeave certified products when you buy rugs, embellished goods, fashion jewellery and home textiles.

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The Price of Free – the work of Goodweave’s Kailash Satyarthi

We are proud partners of GoodWeave, a charity striving to end child labour in the rug industry but few of us really understand the extent of child exploitation in the supply chains of everyday items from food products, clothing, jewellery, homewares – the list is endless and as consumers we are unwittingly complicit.

Noble Peace Prize winner and founder of GoodWeave Kailash Satyarthi features in the feature-length documentary The Price of Free, highlighting the work undertaken be his team across the globe rescuing children from slavery.

Winner of the Grand Jury Prize, US Documentary at Sundance 2018, this profoundly moving and eye-opening film is a must see, especially as the frenzy of Christmas spending is underway.  Please take the time to view.